Scholarships & Bursaries

Find out about our scholarships and bursaries.

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Leeds Conservatoire provides a range of additional Scholarships and Bursaries, to ensure that no applicant is deterred from applying for financial reasons.

Below is a list of the scholarships and bursaries we offer.


Audition fees are no longer charged for any Undergraduate or Postgraduate course at Leeds Conservatoire to make our courses accessible to as many applicants as possible.

We provide financial assistance to applicants from the following backgrounds:

  • lower income households (income less than £25,000)
  • underrepresented Ethnically Diverse or Minoritized Communities

This is to ensure that no one is deterred from attending an audition or interview at the conservatoire due to their background or cost.

You can apply for an audition travel refund by completing the Audition Travel Refund application form.

An accommodation start up grant worth £150 for essential items, is available to applicants starting their course in September 2024, who have been receiving benefits, are care leavers, or are estranged from their family. Students starting in September 2024 will be able to apply for this on the Student Portal.

The conservatoire will provide a cash bursary for lower income Home (UK) undergraduate students, as follows:

Students who commence their first year of study in 2024

  • Household income: £0-£25,000
  • Bursary: £800
  • Household income: £25,001-£42,875
  • Bursary: £400

The information about the household income is obtained from the financial assessment which is undertaken in order to receive the income-assessed part of the maintenance loan, so you must have applied for income-assessed student finance in order to be eligible. The bursary will be paid in 2 instalments, 50% in November, 50% in March.

How do I apply for the bursary?
You do not need to apply for the Bursary – we will calculate your entitlement automatically. Leeds Conservatoire reserves the right to review and change bursary provision.

15 scholarships are available to alumni who have an offer of a place on a MA course at Leeds Conservatoire and belong to one or more of our underrepresented groups, will be automatically awarded a 10% discount on tuition fees. This is an additional 10% discount to your alumni discount, which means you will receive a total of 20% discount on the full price of your course.

See more details about the Leeds Conservatoire Postgraduate Progression Scholarship.

Generous support from the Leverhulme Trust has enabled us to provide 12 scholarships, to help towards living costs, for exceptional UK students, for the first year of study on the following courses:

Eligible Courses

BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting)

BA (Hons) Music (Folk, Roots & Blues)

How do I apply for the scholarship?

Candidates will be selected based on potential identified at audition stage and interview. Awards are subject to the provision and conditions of funding from the Leverhulme Trust and may change.


  • Be eligible to pay the home rate of fees.
  • Songwriting Scholarship  - household income of £25,000 or less. This must be assessed by Student Finance England or equivalent funding agency.
  • Potential identified at audition and interview.

The Reuben Vincent Trombone Scholarship supports up to two student trombone players annually, studying at Leeds Conservatoire.

Each scholar is awarded £2,500 to either purchase a new instrument, or to support them financially throughout their studies.

Reuben Vincent was an accomplished jazz trombonist who played professionally. He qualified as a physiotherapist, later entering into sales and marketing with medical companies before founding his own manufacturing company in 1974.

His wife, Carole, wishes him to be remembered for his enduring love of jazz, his great sense of humour and powerful personality, as well as being a highly successful businessman, with this scholarship. As such, she has endowed the conservatoire with the Reuben Vincent Trombone Scholarship.

How do I apply for the scholarship?

Candidates will be selected  based on potential identified at audition and interview for trombone principal applicants. Awards are subject to the provision and conditions of funding from Medasil and may change.

Four choral scholarships, one choral conducting scholarship and one organ scholarship, are available to undergraduates on any pathway.  

Scholars are paid £1,000 and up to an additional £500 for extra events. 

How do I apply for the scholarship?

The award is by application and audition during enrolment week.  Read more about Leeds Cathedral choirs here.

One Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship will be awarded to support a gifted home student facing cultural, social or economic barriers on the conservatoire’s three year BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme. The scholarship provides:

  • Full tuition fees for the duration of the course
  • £750 per year of the course to cover living costs

Awards are based on merit and financial need.

How do I apply for the scholarship?

Suitable candidates will be identified after enrolment and invited to apply.

Awards are subject to the provision and conditions of funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and may change. 

There are many charities and trusts that give additional funding to students in various circumstances.   

The Scholarship Hub and the charity turn2us have search engines on their websites with some great tips so start looking early to ensure you can apply in good time. You can also find some ideas and tips on the Save the Student website.

National Youth Arts Trust offer music, dance and drama bursaries of up to £1,000 each for UK students who receive Pupil Premium and/or Free School Meals, or whose household receive state benefits.

Snowdon Trust provide grants and scholarships to students who have a disability.

To get in touch with the Student Funding team you can: 


Telephone: 0113 222 3508 / 0113 222 3419

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